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The Food Show: Cruelty in the coops

For 12 years, The Food Show took listeners inside the food business, exploring news and trends in food production, marketing and consumption. Beginning in 1978, host Jim Wright – a former circus ringmaster – navigated through the gastronomical gamut as listeners learned all about the food business. From important news to tips on camel-milking or microwave cookery, The Food Show offered a wealth of information on anything food-related.

Nadine Assante gives an impassioned commentary on the deplorable conditions of commercial egg producers from her own Happy Hens operation in Terrace, B.C. In this 1978 clip, Assante rails on the inhumane condition of many egg farms and argues that there must be a better way to get crackin'.
• There are approximately 25 million hens laying eggs at 1,100 registered farms across Canada. Together, they produce nearly six billion eggs per year.

• Canadians eat about 15 dozen eggs each per year.

• A grade A egg must meet four criteria: an undamaged shell, a firm white, a round and centered yolk and a small air pocket. Grade B eggs are used by the food service industry, while grade C eggs are often used in non-food products, such as tempera paint, shampoos, cosmetics and medications.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: March 26, 1978
Commentator: Nadine Assante
Host: Jim Wright
Duration: 4:58

Last updated: January 27, 2012

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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